Jean Luc Godard famously said "Sometimes reality is too complex. Stories give it form." The embodiment of that very spirit is what drove the initiation of The Storyteller's Bar - a unique cultural hub inhabiting The Promenade in Pondicherry. Originating as Dilip Kapur's brainchild, the idea to give Pondicherry's vivacious stories a platform took shape when he met Simran Mulchandani who then brought industry aces Ayaz Basrai and Kapil Thirwani into the picture.
Pondicherry has always attracted rebels, spiritual seekers, and dreamers - all filled to the brim with stories waiting to be told. The Storyteller's Bar aims to be a presence that celebrates those abundant stories that breathe life into the "Paris of the East".
After all, stories make up the soul of a space. Not brick and mortar.
Design & Architecture
The primary feature of the bar is the large "Wall of Stories" - a space dedicated to a vast variety of memorabilia, stories, anecdotes, props and articles from Pondicherry.
Unmistakably inspired by Pondicherry and Auroville, it offers the best of both worlds - the French Colonial tropical vibe coupled with the quirky, sustainable aesthetic of Auroville. This bar in Pondicherry attempts to break masculine bar stereotypes and explore a more nuanced, detailed expression, thereby giving birth to elements in the bar which are classic, robust and full of soul.
Staying true to its name which is derived from the central theme of the bar, guests are offered journals or storybooks to fill out with anecdotes, memories of Pondicherry or stories of their own travel, which will then, almost poetically contribute to the evolution of the Wall of Stories.
The bar will always be a personification of the beautiful city which by itself is an embodiment of various cultures and their overflowing stories.